Offenders allowed to choose community service instead of paying fines: Police

Police officers guiding people at the traffic light to cross Sinamalé Bridge which links the islands of Malé, Hulhulé and Hulhumalé | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Police Service on Monday, informed that the option for community work will be given to those with fine payments rising over MVR 10,000.

Speaking on a programme of Raajje TV last night, Sub Inspector of traffic department Tholhath Ahmed said, that Maldives Police Service are following the Finance Act when collecting and imposing fines.

He also stated that the new amendments to the Finance Act dictates that the fines collected under the terrestrial vehicle law, are loans owed by the respective personnel to the state. Tholhath noted that this will allow for Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to appeal in a law court if the fines are not paid. He added that the defendant has the opportunity to request for community work in return for the fines.

Tholhath explained that the community work must be detailed when the opportunity is given. He said that “for example, if the person is working at WAMCO or with Maldives Police Service, it must be decided that 8 hours a day will pay of a certain amount of mine.” Tholhath noted that this is a very beneficial amendment and that people who can’t afford to pay fines can now do so.